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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mealtimes Musings: Slow Cooker Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Taken from: Simon and Alison Holst's Year Round Recipes for Crockpots and Slowcookers

Using a 5-6 litre slow cooker this receipe makes a large 6-7 cm deep cake. Halve the mixture if you're using a smaller cooker (and use 2 small eggs)

For 1 Large Cake (12-20 Servings):
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup yoghurt, plain or flavoured
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
3 cups (300-350g) grated zucchini
1/2-1 cup chocolate chips or pieces (I had chocolate melts in the pantry and chopped them up with food processor)

Turn the slow cooker to HIGH and line with non-stick sprayed baking paper

Measure the oil and sugars into a food processor or beat with an electric mixer to combine. Add the eggs and beat or process until light and creamy looking. Add the vanilla and yoghurt and mix well.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into the food processor or mixing bowl. Add the spices and then mix just enough to combine.

Pour the batter into the prepared slow cooker, sprinkle the surface with the chocolate chips, then cover and cook for about 2 hours on HIGH or until the centre feels firm and a skewer comes out clean. The cooking time may vary from 90 minutes to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the size and model of the slow cooker, and the moisture content of the zucchini.

When the cake is cooked, remove the lid and lift out the cake -- still in the slow cooker bowl -- and leave to cool for 20-30 minutes before carefully inverting the bowl onto a rack to cool completely. Cut when cold. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


  1. Great way of getting veges into the kids. I have a fb friend who made choc brownies last week with a cup each of zucchini and carrot in them. Her kids loved them. Sneaky, sneaky.

  2. Very Yummy! What a great recipe. I'm always looking for new slow cooker recipes Thanks.

  3. No problems, Kelly. A pleasure.


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